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Water Levels – April 2021

At the beginning of April, 2021, all of the Great Lakes were at least 24 cm above their chart datum level.

Lake Superior’s beginning-of-April level was 20 cm above average, which is 16 cm lower than last year.

Lake Michigan–Huron’s beginning-of-April level was 60 cm above average and 34 cm lower than it was last year. This is the 9th highest in the period of record, with a level that is 34 cm lower than the previous beginning-of-month record for April, set in 2020.

Lake Erie was 44 cm above average at the beginning of April and 45 cm lower than the record high last year at this time.

Lake Ontario’s level at the start of April was 21 cm below average and 68 cm lower than the water level from last year.

Read more: Environment and Climate Change Canada, Volume 29, Number 4, April 2021


Windsor Port Authority Board Appointment

The Province of Ontario has named Sophia Chisholm, CPA, CA, as its appointment to the Windsor Port Authority’s Board of Directors. The announcement was made by Ontario Minister of Transportation, the Hon Caroline Mulroney.

Read the full Release: Sophia Chisholm Appointed to Windsor Port Authority Board



Media Release: Socks for the Homeless

Port Windsor has donated 850 socks to 4 homeless shelters in Windsor.  This represents one pair for each of the 850 workers, who come to work each day at Port Windsor.

Frigid temperatures during this current polar vortex have put the homeless at particular risk of exposure and frostbite.  The availability of new, clean socks is critical to weathering the current temperatures.

Read the full release: Socks for the Homeless


Developing a Hub


Just think about these numbers:

  • $5.7 billion project value spanning two nations
  • 2,500 construction jobs
  • 25,000 truckloads of concrete (lined up end-end, they stretch from Windsor to Chicago)
  • 22,000 metric tons of Canadian and U.S. steel
  • 5,000 metric tons of cabling — the weight of 2,500 Windsor-built mini-vans

By every measure and perspective, these are mega-project numbers and the very definition of economic prosperity.

The new Gordie Howe International Bridge (GHIB), adding a second bridge connecting the highways of Ontario and Michigan, at the busiest trade crossing in North America, is so much more than this.  It presents an opportunity for immediate and temporary project benefits, as well as for the future prosperity of both Canada and the United States.

Read the full editorial compliments of Great Lakes Seaway Review Volume 49 Number 2.



Media Release: The Salvation Army Red Kettle Donation

Port Windsor has donated $2500 to The Salvation Army‘s Annual Red Kettle Campaign. The funds have been re-purposed from the usual year-end festivities and recognitions to the priority of our community supports. From food hampers to helping put toys and clothes under the tree, The Salvation Army is providing practical assistance to those in need this Christmas.

Read the full release: Tis the Season to Give

Steve Salmons, Port Windsor President & CEO, presents Major Danny Pinksen, of the Salvation Army, $2500 in support of The Salvation Army Annual Red Kettle Campaign, December 16, 2020.



Media Release: Historic Artifacts Donation

Romeo Machine Shop has donated several historic marine artifacts preserved from the former Matt Shipyard to the Port of Windsor for preservation, and safekeeping.

Vince Del Duca, Romeo Machine Shop President and Steve Salmons, Windsor Port Authority President/CEO, are shown above with the 8-tonne anchor from Canada Steamship Lines’ ship, the Fort Chambly.  The ship caught fire December 6, 1988 while in Port Windsor and ultimately did not operate again.

Joseph and Vince Del Duca, from Romeo Machine Shop, load mooring bollards that will find a new home within one of Port Windsor’s Outdoor Museums, Prosperity Place and Queen’s Dock.

Read the full Media Release.


Media Release – Give a Smile. Get a Smile.

Port Windsor has purchased 100 dozen Tim Hortons Smile Cookies to bring smiles to the 846 essential port workers who have persevered over the summer to ensure the goods critical to our local economy continue to flow.  All proceeds from the purchase of the cookies will support the vital programmes of the John McGivney Children’s Centre and W.E. Care for Kids.

Read the full release: Give a Smile. Get a Smile.


Port Windsor named Marine Industry Trusted Partner for COVID-19

Port Windsor is the first Port in Canada to be named a Marine Trusted Partner by the Chamber of Marine Commerce.

The Marine Trusted Partners programme sets out best practices put in place to protect ship crews, customers, service providers and the public from risks posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. It covers preventive measures before boarding ships and prevention while onboard, as well as measures for managing a sick person on board.

The Chamber of Marine Commerce is in regular communication with federal government transport and health officials to ensure a coordinated approach that helps to protect employees and stakeholders who interact with the marine sector. We are providing our ship owners, ports and other members information on the latest measures and best practices coming from federal and provincial government departments here in North America and through the International Chamber of Shipping.
Chamber of Marine Commerce

From the beginning of the outbreak, Port Windsor has taken several measures to ensure its staff have up-to-date information and knowledge about the COVID-19 virus. Work arrangements were modified to allow staff to work from home where possible, or provided with enhanced protocols and PPE to protect them and other workers while performing their duties. The Port provided all operators with the most current information to protect port-side staff, and how to engage safely with visiting ships. Foreign ships coming into port are tracked continuously for the health conditions of their crew.

More than 800 masks were recently distributed to all persons who work in Port Windsor each day.

We are proud of our many operators who have made the health and safety of all workers in Port Windsor a priority. They have all taken steps to ensure that Port Windsor remains a destination of choice. This is more than about keeping the flow of essential goods and materials flowing, it’s about keeping our community safe.
Steve Salmons, President and CEO, Port Windsor

A recent audit by the Marine Chamber determined that the port has successfully implemented a full range of best practices for preventative measures and processes to provide a level of trust and confidence for those dealing with Port Windsor.

Read the full Media Release.


Media Release: Supporting our Workers

Port Windsor has issued locally sourced, and locally produced, face masks to all 846 port workers to assist them in doing their part to limit the spread of COVID-19.

“We could have easily sourced the masks online, but it was important to Port Windsor that the masks support local companies, and local workers. After all, they are for our local workers in the Port of Windsor who continue to support our local economy throughout this COVID crisis.”
Steve Salmons, President and CEO, Windsor Port Authority

Steve Salmons, President/CEO, demonstrates face masks issued to all Port Windsor workers.

Read the full Media Release.